When most people think of whole grains, they think of whole wheat bread or oats, but there are so many more grains available that it’s easy to overlook how important the other grains are.
The most common whole grains are: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, rice, rye, spelt, and quinoa. The human body naturally balances it’s optimal weight when it is nourished properly. Using a combination of these grains in their whole form (as compared to refined in a bread) is the healthiest way to consume them, and further, pairing the grains with legumes and leafy greens provides for even more health benefits.
Healthy grains aren’t hard to find if you know where to look. In fact, you can find an abundance of them at the Shillington Farmer’s Market, where the owner of Abondance Coffee and European Products is one step ahead when it comes to eating healthy. She recently opened her newest addition, Foragers. Kim Quanquin is serving up hard to find gourmet grains, along with her delectable holiday spreads, relishes, and salads including a to-die-for cranberry and orange zest relish. She is on the cutting edge of health and wellness, offering vegan and gluten-free pantry staples such as oat bran, organic brown and basmati rice, and a large selection of Bob’s Red Mill and Shiloh Farms organic grains. If you’re keeping up with the latest in health food options, this is where you’ll find gogi berries, mung beans, flax seeds, and tri-colored quinoa. Add that to her collection of the freshest in dried fruits, jumbo almonds and gluten free cupcake mix, brownie mix, pancake mix and granola and suddenly you’ve found pure and unadulterated goodness! And, the goodness doesn’t stop there…if you don’t see it, she will order it for you!
Seven Grain Winter Salad
1 cup each of Wheatberries, Lentils, Brown Rice, Mung Beans, Adzuki Beans, Navy Beans, Couscous, and Pearl Barley
1 cup Green Onions, chopped
2 Sweet Bell Peppers, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup Tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1/4 cup Champagne Vinegar
1/4 cup Honey
Juice of a Lemon
1/2 tsp. Cayenne
1/2 tsp. Coriander
1/2 tsp. Cumin
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Prepare grains and beans according to package instructions (beans may involve soaking unless you use canned beans). Whisk dressing ingredients and spices in a separate bowl, adding more or less spice to taste. Allow flavors to marinate together for at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve the salad hot or cold